Christmas Decorations on a Tight Budget

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is almost here again. Thanksgiving will be here before long, and right after that, it will be time to pull out our Christmas decorations and deck the halls!

Of course, if you’ve just moved to a new home or you want to decorate without spending too much, you may be on the lookout for Christmas decorations that you can afford on a tight budget. We’re here to help! Here are some suggestions to keep the season bright without breaking the bank.

Re-purpose Empty Glass Jars and Bottles

One easy way to bring some holiday cheer to your home is to save old glass bottles and jars. Simply soak them to remove the labels. Then, you can reuse them by:

  • Turning them into candleholders with holiday candles, ribbons, or greenery
  • Filling them with ornaments
  • Using them as vases to hold holiday flowers

The best part about this tip is that the bottles and jars are free!

Bring the Outdoors In

The next tip is to use nature’s beauty to decorate your home. Simple things like sprigs of greenery or pinecones can bring a holiday feel to your home without costing anything.

For example, you can:

  • Create a centerpiece from evergreen branches and pinecones
  • Tuck holiday greenery around candles on your mantel (use LED candles to prevent fires)
  • Buy a simple wreath form at a craft store and use your imagination to fill it in

There are lots of ways to incorporate natural beauty into your holiday decorating. You could even gather shells at the beach and make them part of your décor!

Reuse Paper Bags

Ordinary paper bags can easily become beautiful gift wrapping with a little bit of imagination! We particularly like small brown paper bags with handles. They can be simply decorated with a gift tag and a ribbon.

If you’re feeling a little more ambitious, you could paint directly on the bags or write on them with a festive marker. Add a few holiday stickers, and you’ve got unique and beautiful gift “wrapping” that costs far less than wrapping paper.

You can also use plain paper bags to make holiday luminaries. You can find instructions here.

Take a Crafty Approach

What if you want a big tree but you don’t have the money to buy ornaments for it? One solution is to embrace the “crafty” look and decorate your tree with:

  • Homemade paper chains
  • Strings of popcorn and cranberries
  • Paper snowflakes
  • Gingerbread cookies

We love this idea because it’s a chance to reconnect with your childhood and make your Christmas tree a labor of love. You can find lots of Christmas craft ideas here.

Make a Christmas Tree from Twigs

What happens if you’ve got a small apartment or you don’t have the money to buy a full-size Christmas tree? One idea is to make your own Christmas tree out of twigs.

You can find instructions to make a small Christmas tree of twigs here, and plenty of additional ideas about how to incorporate twigs into your Christmas decorating here.


Being on a tight budget doesn’t mean that you need to forego holiday decorations. The ideas we’ve listed here will help you deck your halls – and make the season bright.

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